Our regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), set a deadline of 29 August 2019 for PPI complaints. Generally, new complaints received after this date are out of time, although there are some scenarios where we may still review them.
We understand there may have been difficult personal circumstances that meant you were unable to raise your complaint before the PPI deadline (the Ombudsman calls these 'exceptional circumstances') or you may have had a recent claim declined on an active PPI policy you believed covered you. If this is the case we may still review a new PPI complaint. You'll need to provide as much detail as possible on why you're raising your complaint after the deadline, what's happened and any dates you can remember.
To raise your complaint, please write to us at St. James's Place Bank, PO Box 889, Leeds, LS1 9UF or call us on 0800 001 5265 (lines are open 9am to 5m Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays).
1. You told me you had my complaint. When will I receive a final decision?
Within 8 weeks of us receiving your complaint, you should either receive our final decision or a communication outlining when you can expect it.
To help you understand what happens as we process your complaint:
2. What happens if I made my PPI complaint through a third party?
If you used a third party such as a Claims Management Company (CMC) or legal firm to act on your behalf when making your PPI complaint, we'll write to you both once we've reached a final decision. If you've made a complaint using a third party it's usually best for you to contact them if you want an update.
There are some key things to remember about using a third party:
3. What if I need additional help and support?
We want our PPI complaints process to be as easy as possible. Please get in touch on 0800 001 5265 if:
Our lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, excluding Public Holidays. Alternatively you can write to us at St. James's Place Bank, PO Box 889, Leeds, LS1 9UF.
If you have a speech or hearing impairment, you can contact us using the Next Generation Text Service. If you're deaf and a BSL user, you can talk to us live through a BSL interpreter online using our BSL SignVideo Service.
4. I've got a letter saying I'll receive a payment but I've not received this yet.
You should receive the payment within 28 days of our decision letter telling you we're making it. If it's been more than 28 days since you received that letter, please call our helpline on 0800 001 5265 (lines are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays).
5. I've received a letter saying my complaint has been closed as no PPI policy was found. Could my case be re-opened after the deadline if I provide further evidence?
Yes. You'll generally have six months from the date of our final decision letter to provide any further evidence. We'll look at this evidence and let you know if it means we'll accept your PPI complaint.
6. If I'm unhappy with your decision, can I challenge it?
Yes. Please contact us within six months of the date of our final decision letter. Let us know the reason you'd like to challenge the decision, the complaint reference number and any relevant evidence we've requested. We'll then use that evidence to take another look at your complaint for you.
If you're still unhappy, you can refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service, but you must do so within six months of the date of our final decision letter.
7. What happens now I've referred my complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS)?
We'll work with the Ombudsman and provide them with all of the relevant complaint details and our findings to allow them to complete their investigation.
We won't be able to discuss the complaint with you until the Ombudsman completes their investigation.
8. Will I have to pay tax on any payment I receive?
If we make a payment it will include interest at 8%. The 8% interest is called compensation interest. When we pay compensation interest we're asked by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to take off income tax. We do this at the basic rate of 20%.
9. Are there other organisations offering information and help with PPI complaints?
The following organisations have information relating to PPI complaints and / or advice on making a complaint.
The Financial Ombudsman Service is a free, independent service for settling disputes between financial businesses and their customers. They can deal with complaints about a wide range of financial issues, including PPI.
If you're not happy with our final decision, or haven't received it within 8 weeks, you have the right to refer your case to the Ombudsman. We recommend waiting for our final decision before deciding what to do next.
Once you've received our final decision, if you're not happy with it, you'll still have a further six months to contact the Ombudsman.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates the financial sector and protects consumers. They provide information about PPI and can help you understand it, but can't give you advice about your individual circumstances or complaint.
The following bodies have information relating to PPI complaints and/or advice on making a complaint: